MCN Retro

Spe­cial build is de­bolex

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By James Archibald

The Buell XB9 is­nõt the first bike that springs to mind when you think of a base for a cus­tom bike, but for de­bolex Engi­neer­ing it pre­sented the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. With an open brief and a unique bike, Calum Pryce-tid and Des Fran­cis set to work cre­at­ing a ma­chine that would carry their sig­na­ture with pride.they started by sort­ing out the stance of the bike.

Òafter some time mea­sur­ing var­i­ous com­po­nents we started with the front-end swap,ó says Fran­cis. ÒWE switched to a set of Showa forks and cus­tom yokes ma­chined up by Fastec Cus­tom Rac­ing. We then got on the phone to our friends at Max­ton who put to­gether one of their RT10 monoshocks with a re­mote reser­voir.ó

With Dy­mag car­bon five-spoke wheels per­fect­ing the stance, they set to work fab­ri­cat­ing other el­e­ments to give the Buell its def­i­ni­tion.

Òthe XB9 is chal­leng­ing to cus­tomise given its un­usual frame de­sign,ó says Pryce-tid. Òthe frame is also the fuel tank, so what looks like the tank is just a skin cov­er­ing the top half of the en­gine, air fil­ter and bat­tery.ó

The alu­minium body­work was hand­fab­ri­cated and the styling is more Mad Max than the 50s and 60s de­signs the Bri­tish pair are com­monly known for.

Òthe Buel­lõs frame/tank de­sign pulled us away from tra­di­tional clas­sic de­sign to some­thing more fu­tur­is­tic, so in keep­ing with this theme we re­lo­cated the oil cooler to be­tween the yokes be­fore fab­ri­cat­ing the front fair­ing, fin­ish­ing it with a vented hous­ing to sit along­side the tun­nel hous­ing for the dip and main head­lights.ó

The sub­frame has a line that dis­ap­pears into the tail sec­tion, thanks to the lower mount­ing po­si­tion,and the tail unit houses the electrics so the

ECU, fuse­box and Mo­to­gad­get M unit can eas­ily be ac­cessed by re­mov­ing the seat via a quick-re­lease catch.

The bike has been fin­ished in Har­ley-david­son dark metal­lic red, with the frame get­ting a sub­tle satin black crackle.

Òthe 1/1 on the tail rep­re­sents our One of One series of each build be­ing uniqueó adds Pryce-tid. Ev­ery­thing about this Buell screams in­di­vid­u­al­ity, power and poise in a beau­ti­fully fin­ished bike that dares to be dif­fer­ent. Now we just want to ride it.

The low, squat stance was the first de­sign job

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